Ahren Lester

Articles by Ahren Lester

  • $1trn, again: Record sustainable bond issuance forecast for 2024

    07 February 2024

    Sustainable bond issuance is forecast to see $1 trillion dollar of issuance in 2024, for the first time since the record-breaking total in 2021, according to Environmental Finance Data (EF Data).

  • 'Pretty poor' 2023 for sustainability-linked leveraged loans

    07 February 2024

    2023 was a "pretty poor" year for European sustainability-linked leverage loan deals as borrowers and investors avoided the instrument, according to Fitch Solutions-owned Covenant Review.

  • Sustainable bond fund universe expands to more than 100

    07 February 2024

    A spate of fund launches pushed the number of vehicles specialising in labelled sustainable bonds past the 100 mark, research by Environmental Finance has revealed.

  • ESG fund launches in 2023 'down but not out', says Barclays

    06 February 2024

    The number of environmental, social and governance (ESG) fund launches fell sharply in 2023, with passively managed funds bearing the brunt of the slowdown.

  • ESG controversy scores are impacting bond pricing

    05 February 2024

    Climate risk is still not efficiently being priced in bond markets, but the impact of exclusions and controversy scores give a glimpse to the future. Ahren Lester reports

  • CA-CIB leads 2023 sustainable loan coordinator deal-making

    05 February 2024

    Crédit Agricole CIB (CA-CIB) served as sustainability coordinator on 60 sustainable loan deals in 2023, making the French bank the most active coordinator of the year.

  • Moroccan central bank targets 10% sustainable bond investment

    05 February 2024
  • Ontario adds nuclear, social projects to sustainable bond programme

    02 February 2024

    Ontario is preparing to finance nuclear power and social projects through sustainable bonds, after the long-standing green bond issuer updated and expanded its decade-old framework.

  • Record 2023 green issuance leads sustainable bond rebound

    02 February 2024

    Record-breaking green bond issuance led annual sustainable bond issuance back to growth in 2023 and just short of crossing the $1 trillion milestone once again.

  • Fortum publishes 'nuclear' green finance framework

    01 February 2024

    Finnish power firm Fortum has published a green finance framework which includes nuclear power projects in its eligible categories, joining a small number of European issuers incorporating the contested 'green' technology in their plans.